Barboursville Bank Robber Sentenced

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Barboursville man was sentenced Friday for robbing a Barboursville bank last year.

In October, Jonathan Tyler Deaton, 23, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree robbery in connection with the December 2012 robbery of the Fifth Third Bank branch in Barboursville.

Friday morning, Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Alfred Ferguson sentenced Deaton to 5 to 18 years and then suspended the sentence, sending Deaton to Anthony Correctional Center for youthful offenders.

It is a 6 month to 2 year program. After he serves his sentence there, he faces 5 years probation. If he violates his probation, Deaton faces the full 5 to 18 years in prison.

During Friday’s hearing, Deaton apologized to the bank employees, and repaid the bank $1900 of the $3800 he stole during the robbery. The other $1900 was recovered following the robbery.

Investigators said Deaton entered the bank and demanded $20,000 from a teller. When the teller said she didn't have that amount of money, Deaton then threatened to cross the counter to get the money.

Deaton was arrested several hours later at his workplace in Kanawha County.

Deaton also faces unrelated obstructing and burglary charges in Huntington.

Police say on September 28, Deaton broke into a home in the 800-block of 13th Avenue.

They say the homeowner was able to detain Deaton in Ritter Park until police arrived.

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